J. Kent Bowker passed away on June 24th at the Kaplan House in Danvers following complications from a pacemaker procedure.
A longtime resident of Essex, living in the house that he designed, Kent was known and loved in the North Shore community. Whether it was through his poetry readings, art exhibits, book club discussions, his amiably conversant atheist voice at the First Universalist Church of Essex or just his presence out on the waters sailing, cruising and racing, he was an ever kind and gentle soul who befriended and inspired so many.
Kent was born on February 27, 1928 in Salt Lake City. After moving to San Francisco as a child, Kent studied at the University of California Berkeley and then worked at the Radiation Laboratory with some of the great physicists of his time. He also was closely associated with a renowned group of poets, amongst them Robert Duncan and Robin Blazer.
After driving East to Boston when he was in his twenties he worked as a physicist at Lincoln Laboratory and Itek. He was a Renaissance man as confident in the artistic world as he was in his profession as an inventor and physicist. He painted and wrote voraciously until his unexpected death.
Kent loved sailing. After teaching himself to sail when he moved to Massachusetts, he and his wife Joan raced a Rhodes 19 in Manchester, sailed their Nonsuch ‘Seminole’ off Cape Ann and throughout Maine and enjoyed many a day out on the water off of Conomo Point in their Stur-Dee Cat.
After his retirement Kent became closely involved with the Charles Olsen Society and the Writers' House in Gloucester. He belonged to a group of poets who met to share and critique their work. Much of Kent's poetry, including his 'Nightcap' series, can be found at www.kentbowker.org.
Kent leaves his wife, Joan, his daughter, Juliette; his stepchildren, Chandos Erwin and Cybele Erwin, their spouses, Sara Dee and Kapil Kamra, and four grandchildren, Iris, Sophia, Arlo and Jai who will greatly miss their ‘Tati.’
A Celebration of Life will be held on August 6. Please contact family members for details.
Published on  July 7, 2017